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Paul Patten

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Chicago

P 312-803-2570
F 312-787-4995
PattenP@jacksonlewis.com

Biography

Paul Patten is a Principal in the Chicago, Illinois, office of Jackson Lewis P.C. He represents management in employment cases in federal and state courts and before administrative agencies.

Mr. Patten’s practice focuses primarily on employment litigation and counseling. He represents employers in federal and state individual and class-based lawsuits covering a wide range of statutes and subjects, including federal and state anti-discrimination and wage and hour laws.

Mr. Patten’s trial and administrative hearing experience has resulted in numerous victories for employers. He is also a frequent appellate practitioner, having obtained appellate court reversals of adverse trial court rulings against his clients. Mr. Patten has substantial experience with the personal representation of chief executive officers and other high level managers, and in obtaining personal victories for those clients.

Mr. Patten has also been quoted on employment matters in a number of publications, including the Daily Labor Report and The New York Times.

Prior to joining Jackson Lewis, Mr. Patten practiced in both the public and private sectors. He was a Trial Attorney with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, prosecuting discrimination claims for the federal government, including numerous large pattern and practice and sexual harassment lawsuits. During the time he practiced in-house in the insurance industry, Mr. Patten developed his company’s initial employment practices liability insurance policy.

Honors and Recognitions

Published Works

  • “Get Your Disability and Leave Management House in Order,” Society for Human Resource Management Viewpoint (June 2016) [Co-Author]

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November 20, 2017
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Paul Patten Discusses Social Media's Role In Workplace Harassment Complaints

November 20, 2017

Paul Patten explains how employers can address sexual harassment concerns regarding #MeToo social media posts in "#MeToo Postings About Bosses Merit Discussions with HR," published by SHRM. Subscription may be required to view article Read More

September 27, 2017
Law 360

Paul Patten Comments on Seventh Circuit Decision That Multiple-Month Extended Leaves Are Not Reasonable Accommodations Under The ADA

September 27, 2017

Paul Patten comments on Seventh Circuit ruling that Americans With Disabilities Act does not require extended medical leave as accommodation in " 7th Circ. Ruling On ADA Leave Limits Touted As 'Holy Grail,'" published by Law360. Subscription may be required to view article Read More

March 27, 2017
SHRM

Paul Patten Comments on the EEOC's Proposed Guidance on Preventing Harassment

March 27, 2017

Paul Patten comments on concern about the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission’s advocacy for respectful workplace training in "EEOC Guidance Draws Fire For Stance On Orientation Bias," published by SHRM. Subscription may be required to view article Read More

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November 2, 2017

Class Action Trends Report Fall 2017

November 2, 2017

Our quarterly report discusses new developments in class action litigation and offers strategic guidance and tactical tips on how to defend such claims. This issue covers the following topics: Minimum wage traps Prevention pointer The legislation (Not) Only in California Regulatory roundup Class action trends—the top ten... Read More

September 25, 2017

ADA Does Not Provide Medical Leave Entitlement to Worker Seeking Post-FMLA Leave, Seventh Circuit Holds

September 25, 2017

In a significant ruling for employers, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit has held that a request for a two-to-three-month leave of absence is not a reasonable accommodation pursuant to the Americans with Disabilities Act. Severson v. Heartland Woodcraft, No. 15-3754 (7th Cir. Sept. 20, 2017). Companies that have faced... Read More

July 19, 2017

U.S. Supreme Court Round Up – 2016-2017

July 19, 2017

The U.S. Supreme Court term that ended June 2017 included a number of decisions important to workplace law, as well as the confirmation of Justice Neil Gorsuch. Although functioning with only eight justices for most of the 2016-2017 term, the Court managed to achieve a strong consensus in each of its employment-related rulings.... Read More

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Seventh Circuit Delivers Blow to EEOC Wellness Program Challenge, But Avoids Ruling on ADA Safe Harbor
January 26, 2017

On January 25, 2017, in Equal Employment Opportunity Commission v. Flambeau, Inc., the Seventh Circuit rejected an EEOC challenge to an employer wellness program.  The circuit court had the opportunity to address whether an employer’s wellness program was an involuntary medical examination pursuant to the ADA, 42 U.S.C. Read More

Appellate Court Holds that ADA Does Not Require Reassignment Without Competition
December 16, 2016

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) suffered a setback in its attempt to establish that the Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA) requires an employer to reassign an employee to an available position without having to compete with other candidates for that position.  In EEOC v. St. Read More

EEOC Explains ADA Interference – Employers Take Note
October 28, 2016

On August 25, 2016, the EEOC issued its Enforcement Guidance on Retaliation and Related Issues. Read More